West London’s Portobello Road is home to one of London’s most famous street markets. It spans two miles (3 kilometers) and includes more than 2,000 dealers offering vintage clothes, handcrafted accessories, retro items and furniture, and many antiques that locals and visitors love to browse and buy. The Basics
Portobello Road is in West London and runs through the trendy districts of Notting Hill, Westbourne Park, and Ladbroke Grove. Visitors come to walk Portobello Market and explore its shops and stalls offering eccentric items that range from vinyl to vintage furniture. The Saturday antiques market is the main attraction. There are also food stalls, independent art galleries, bars, and cafes, and a fruit and vegetable market. Several local tours stop on the street. Things to Know Before You Go
How to Get There
- Portobello Road is a must-see spot for shoppers interested in antiques, second-hand fashion, food, books, and music.
- Bring cash with you for small items, though vendors do generally accept credit cards.
- You can try to bargain with merchants to score an even better deal.
The market is located in East London. Portobello Road runs from Pembridge Road to Lancaster Road and is easily accessed by Tube. Take the Central or Circle lines to Notting Hill Gate and exit at Portobello. Or, take the Hammersmith and City Line to Ladbroke Grove station. Several bus lines stop near Portobello Road.
When to Get There
The market is open six days a week and closed on Sunday. It’s busiest on Friday and Saturday, when the antiques market is open. Weekdays the fruit and vegetable market, food stalls, and other general good shops are open.The market closes after lunch on Thursday.
For Notting Hill Fans
Many scenes from the romantic comedy Notting Hill
were filmed on Portobello Road, including at the Travel Book Company (a sign commemorates the fictional location) and the coffee shop where Hugh Grant and Julia Roberts’ characters first meet. You can see a copy of the film’s infamous blue door on Westbourne Park Road—the original was sold at auction after the film’s release.